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The discus is a member of the cichlid family. It is found in the Amazon River basin in lakes, deep puddles, small rivers and streams.
The discus acquired its name from the shape of its body which is strongly compressed laterally and nearly circular. The colors and patterns on its body are striking and varied. Background colors range from shades of brown to orange to blue.
The male and female form breeding pairs that work together to clear a nesting site on the bottom. The female then passes over the nest several times releasing eggs with the male following closely to fertilize them.
Come see the discus in its own exhibit in the River Scout gallery.